The original version of this sweet syrup was made with a barley-almond blend. Today, however, it's made with almonds, sugar and rose water or orange-flower water. Orgeat syrup has a pronounced almond taste and is used to flavor many cocktails including the mai tai and scorpion.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.